Brighton and Hove Albion 2019-20 season preview

Brighton and Hove Albion

Established: 1901
Stadium: Falmer Stadium
Location: Brighton
Head Coach: Graham Potter
Nickname: The Seagulls, Albion
Rival(s): Crystal Palace
Top-Division Titles: Zero

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Key arrivals: Leandro Trossard (Genk), Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth), Taylor Richards (Manchester City)

Key departures: Anthony Knockaert (loan, Fulham), Markus Suttner (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Bruno (retired).

Ranking their offseason: Depends how you feel about the team’s performance under Chris Hughton last season (and also whether they hold onto Lewis Dunk. If you think the Seagulls underperformed in finishing 17th, then you hope Potter can make good on the promise of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and restore Pascal Gross to his best. If you think the Seagulls were a proper 17th place team, well, they haven’t done enough to move out of a relegation fight. New attackers Maupay and Trossard will be key to their hopes of staying up. 4/10.

Star player: Shane Duffy — A lot of love goes to his center back partner Dunk, and rightfully so, but Duffy has been a dynamic force for the Seagulls and also chipped in five goals last season.

Coaches’ Corner: Graham Potter — An inspired hire for the Seagulls, who took Potter off Swansea City after the Englishman needed a journey to Sweden to earn his credentials. Look for smart tactics and perhaps atypical positioning from the 44-year-old former York City left back.

PST predicts: This is going to be baptism by fire for Potter, and he’ll need to make the most of only one Top Six contender in the fixture list over the first six matchdays. Still, it’s difficult to imagine Brighton won’t be a bottom third team for much of the season.

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